The University of Alberta is committed to supporting a healthy academic and work environment. Recognizing At Risk Behaviour (Worrisome Behaviour) and responding with interest and concern are critical factors in preventing potential violence. Helping Individuals at Risk is a policy on campus that was developed after a comprehensive two year consultation process with the university community.
How to Report at Risk Individuals
Helping Individuals at Risk relies on you, the concerned members of our campus, to recognize and report worrisome behaviours in order to help connect an Individual at Risk to resources.
Reports can be made to the Helping Individuals at Risk Program:
- Directly to the Helping Individuals at Risk Team by phone 780-492-4372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Indirectly to a Senior Manager (Chair, Associate Dean, Dean, Director or Vice-President) or a Support Unit (a unit or department that, as part of its regular duties, provides assistance to students or staff), who will then advise the Helping Individuals at Risk Coordinator
Even if you are unsure, sharing your concern may be the important step that helps connect an Individual at Risk to resources and support.
Who is an Individual at Risk?
An individual at risk is a member of the University Community who has exhibited Worrisome Behaviour.
What is Worrisome Behaviour?
Worrisome Behaviour is a person’s words or conduct that, while not indicative of a clear immediate threat, still gives rise to a reasonable apprehension that they may be at risk of harming themselves or others.
Harm to themselves
Words or conduct that give rise to a reasonable concern that an individual may be at risk of hurting or harming themselves. Examples can include isolation or withdrawal, statements about suicide or dying, previous suicide attempts, hopeless or helpless statements, self-injury, disordered eating, or substance use/abuse.
Harm to others
Words or conduct that give rise to a reasonable concern that an individual may be at risk of hurting or harming others. Examples can include angry outbursts or hostile behaviour, altercations with others, direct or implied threats, statements or jokes about harming others, agitation, intimidation, or stalking-like behaviour. Click here to see more examples of worrisome behaviour.
The Helping Individuals at Risk (HIAR) program encourages the campus community to Trust Your Instincts, to recognize and report worrisome behaviors of those at risk of harm to self or others in order to connect them to resources before a situation escalates. When reporting to HIAR, a detailed case file for the individual is created which can be connected to other reports referencing the same individual. This enables the team to have a full understanding of the concerns and provide appropriate guidance.